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Oratunga Winter School 2018: Creating out of Place

Oratunga2018Featuring a host of eminent creative practitioners and set in the historic Oratunga sheep station on the traditional lands of the Adnyamathanha people, this four day winter school (open to staff and students) examines creative place-making in storied Country. Each day will feature a creative workshop, focusing on a different medium with plenty of time allocated to participants' own creative practice. Theoretical workshops run by Professor Stephen Muecke will encourage critical reflection on the role of Country in the creative process.

The Winter School if five nights and four full days at Oratunga with Thursday 5th July and Tuesday 10th July reserved for travel to and from Oratunga. Travel and meals are included in winter school fees ($1050). Places are limited and a selection process applies. To apply, please send a short sample of work (no more than ten pages or images) and a CV to:

Disturbing the Comfortable; Comforting the Disturbed

Heather Taylor Johnson How does writing both comfort and disturb us? Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence, Heather Taylor Johnson, will examine this question in a thought-provoking masterclass, drawing on her own writing of chronic illness, as well as the works of other writers, to explore how we can grow communities of caring through fictional empathy. 7th May, Room 618, Napier Building. For more information, download our flier. To register, email:

Provocations #1.

Who Shot the Albatross? Gate-keeping in Australian Culture.

gate-keeping Provocations is an exciting new public forum tackling controversies in the arts and humanities hosted by the JMCCCP. In the first event in this series, Professor of migrant and post-colonial literature, Sneja Gunew (University of British Columbia), will join Dr Mark Davis (Melbourne University) and award-winning writers Michelle Cahill and Brian Castro to mount a challenge to Australian critical orthodoxies. Provocations #1 will ask: Are cultural institutions receptive to new voices or are in they living in a literary echo-chamber? How do elites govern the cultural field? Are we all inadvertently cultural gate-keepers? Join us for what is sure to be a lively debate. To register, visit:

Cultural Evening with NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and Gabriella Smart

selina tusitala marshJoin us for a unique evening featuring readings by NZ Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh and performances by award-winning pianist Gabriella Smart. This cultural evening is held as part of the Two Horizons: Pacific Studies in a Cosmopolitan World conference and is supported by the JMCCCP. To register for this event, email conference director Mandy Treagus:

To register for the conference or the free public lecture with Vicente M. Diaz, visit:

Eva Hornung wins Premier's Award and Fiction Award at Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature

last garden

JMCCCP affiliate Eva Hornung has won the Premier's Award and the Fiction Award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for her latest novel The Last Garden (Text Publishing, 2017). Worth $25, 000 and $15, 000 respectively, Hornung is the first South Australian to win either prize, beating thirty-six other authors from around Australia to the Premier's Award. Hornung will be discussing her latest novel at Adelaide Writers' Week on Thursday 8th March with authors Jennifer Mills and Rebekah Clarkson.

Congratulations to Heather Taylor Johnson, the new Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence!

Heather Taylor JohnsonPoet and novelist Dr Heather Taylor Johnson is the third and final Coetzee Centre Writer in Residence, a generous six-month fellowship made possible by the Copyright Agency Limited Cultural Fund. Heather is the author of two novels, Pursuing Love and Death (HarperCollins) and Jean Harley was Here (UQP), the latter shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Fiction, as well as four books of poetry, the most recent being Meanwhile, the Oak (Five Islands Press). During her time at the JMCCCP, Heather will be working on a new novel about gun-massacre culture in the U.S. Stay tuned for seminars and masterclasses with this talented writer in the new year!

New collection of J.M. Coetzee's essays out now!

Late EssaysA wonderful new collection of J.M. Coetzee's literary essays is now available from good bookshops. Peter Craven called it a book that "casts all sort of gleaming spotlights, amid the shadows, from one of the major novelistic intelligences of our time", while Lauren Elkin described it as, not just literary criticism, but "an engaging series of master classes in novel writing" (The Guardian).

Gabriella Smart wins 2018 Prelude Composer Residency

Gabriella SmartJMCCCP member and artistic director of Soundstream New Music, Gabriella Smart, has won one of the 2018 Prelude Composer Residences. Prelude is a national network of residencies for Australian composers, housed in historic buildings that gives recipients the time and space to create new work or conduct research and development. Beneficiaries of the programme also receive financial support throughout the twelve months of the residency. Congratulations Gabriella!

Camille Roulière wins 2017 CHASS prize for a student

Camille RouliereCamille Roulière has won the 2017 CHASS prize for a student for her essay entitled "Intertwined Languages and Broken Flows: Reading Ontological Polyphonies in Lower Murray Country (South Australia)" first published in the French peer-reviewed journal Angles. Established in 2014, the CHASS Australia Prizes are designed to honour distinguished achievements by Australians, either working, studying or training in the HASS (Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) areas, including academics, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers and students.

Panel with Macau Days creative team at Writing China

Image on leftJoin the creative team behind Macau Days for a panel discussion about their collaboration and all things Macau as part of Writing China, a day long literary banquet curated by the JMCCCP's Nicholas Jose and OzAsia's Sam Prior. Brian Castro, John Young and Luke Harrald will discuss the creative inspiration behind the enormously successful exhibition and book with Cath Kenneally from 11am on Sunday 8 October at the Open State Hub at Imprints Bookshop. To find out more about the book visit Art+Australia.

European Waters: A Cultural Evening

European WatersJoin us for an evening of film screenings and musical performances that examine the role of waters in shaping European identity and the challenges facing Europe as humanity’s relationship to waters become more fraught due to climate change. Featuring films by Sara Penrhyn Jones (Bath Spa University), Laura Denning (Bath Spa University) and a performance of a European classic inspired by water, Maurice Ravel's Jeux D'eau, performed by eminent pianist Anna Goldsworthy. 5pm, 15th September, Hartley Concert Room. This event is part of the H2O: Life and Death conference.

Water Thinking: Public Lecture by Dr Jenny Newell

Image on leftDr Jenny Newell (Australian Museum) will be giving a free public lecture entitled Water Thinking: Caring for Oceans and Sharing Connections in a Time of Climate Crisis. Dr Newell is currently acting director of Programs, Exhibitions and Cultural Collections at the Australian Museum, Sydney. Her particular interests are on material culture and the relationships between Pacific Islanders and their environments, while her research projects explore the cultural impacts of climate change in the Pacific. Dr Newell is giving this lecture as part of the H2O: Life and Death conference hosted by the JMCCCP and supported by the EU Centre for Global Affairs on 14th September, Hartley Concert Room.

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